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Taigen's Peace and Justice
10-29-18 - On the massacre at the
Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsberg where Taigen had his
Taigen Dan Leighton on the meeting of Buddhist teachers and leaders at
the White House
Taigen Dan Leighton's new book, Just
This is It is now
on the Ancient Dragon website.
Also featured with cover on cuke blog
Dogen's Explorations of Reality, a three session telecourse with Taigen
Guitar and the New World: A Fugitive History
reviewed by Taigen Dan
4-26-13 - Starting
a page for Fukushima today
[a subpage of
Events] featuring links and comments from
Taigen Dan Leighton and
John Steiner -
the situation is much worse than it gets credit for being.
- Taigen Dan Leighton's latest book, Zen Questions:
Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of Creative Inquiry
is now available. Congratulations Taigen!
Wisdom Publications link
Excerpts from Zen Questions related to Shunryu Suzuki
Dragon Zen Gate Message
Taigen moves to
Comment on Shoes Outside the
Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva
Archetypes and Their Modern Expression
and one focusing
on Mitsu Suzuki, Shunryu's widow
Dan Leighton, Guiding Teacher, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Chicago
I want to
share my personal connection and response to the shooting Saturday at Tree
of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, where eleven people were killed and six
My Bar Mitzvah was at Tree of Life. It is a few short blocks from where I
lived while growing up ages 6 to 17. It was surreal to see on TV the temple
where I went to Hebrew and Sunday school with soldiers and Swat teams massed
With a few
exceptions, we are first-generation Buddhists, Zen practitioners but still
deeply conditioned by our Judeo-Christian roots.
I have not
lived in Pittsburgh since 1972, and I’ve not stayed in regular contact with
anyone from there. But I was there a year ago September to enjoy my 50th
high school reunion.
All the mass
shootings are Horrible, from Parkland, Fla. to Sandy Hook to all the
terrible shootings every single day on the South Side of Chicago. But
somehow a personal connection intensifies the horror.
The shooter at
Tree of Life was virulently anti-semitic and also he was very specifically
anti-refugee, explicitly targeting a Jewish group that supports refugees
[HIAS, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society]. Groups at Tree of Life were supporting
current refugees fleeing violence including from Central America. A liberal
congregation, the rabbi was speaking out on gun control recently. The
person in Florida arrested for sending bombs to former Presidents Obama and
Clinton as well as a dozen other Democratic leaders such as Senators Kamala
Harris and Corey Booker was a “nationalist" white supremacist who was
virulently anti-black, anti-semitic, and anti-refugee.
Last week a
white man in Kentucky unsuccessfully tried to break into an African-American
church and then shot and murdered two black people at a nearby grocery
We must work against hatred, and for communication and understanding.
All of us are
descended from refugees, or from immigrants seeking a better life. Of course
some of us are descended from people
forced here in slave ships or from Native Americans, who came much earlier
across the Bering Straits.
Some of us in
Chicago regularly face soldiers and Swat teams massed in front of us.
The issue is the complexity of our intertangled ancient twisted collective
karmas, and how to respect all, including both victims of hatred and
terrorism, and those manipulated into seeking scapegoats for their real
fears and suffering.
How to include all this with kindness, and still speak truth to power and
join actions that stand strongly against hatred and harm is our great koan
The current Central American refugees from Honduras, Guatemala, and El
Salvador, as well as Mideast refugees in Europe, are fleeing war and
terrorism instigated and sustained by our own government’s policies.
How is our taking refuge in Buddha connected to the refugees from war,
terrorism, and the effects of climate damage. I somehow feel a kinship as a
Dharma refugee. We take refuge in Buddha to return home to something deeper,
but also to find refuge from the horrors of the ordinary world which have
been exacerbated in this time we are in.
refugees may we strongly speak out and act to support current refugees
seeking sanctuary in our country, and work to oppose hatred.